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Tzelepis, Flora and Paul, Christine L and Williams, Christopher M and Gilligan, Conor and Regan, Tim and Daly, Justine and Hodder, Rebecca K and Byrnes, Emma and Byaruhanga, Judith and McFadyen, Tameka and Wiggers, John (2019) Real‐time video counselling for smoking cessation. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, (10), https://doi.org/10.1002/14651858.CD012659.pub2.

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Real‐time video communication software such as Skype and FaceTime transmits live video and audio over the Internet, allowing counsellors to provide support to help people quit smoking. There are more than four billion Internet users worldwide, and Internet users can download free video communication software, rendering a video counselling approach both feasible and scalable for helping people to quit smoking.


Authors' conclusions

There is very little evidence about the effectiveness of real‐time video counselling for smoking cessation. The existing research does not suggest a difference between video counselling and telephone counselling for assisting people to quit smoking. However, given the very low GRADE rating due to methodological limitations in the design, imprecision of the effect estimate and inconsistency of cessation rates, the smoking cessation results should be interpreted cautiously. High‐quality randomised trials comparing real‐time video counselling to telephone counselling are needed to increase the confidence of the effect estimate. Furthermore, there is currently no evidence comparing real‐time video counselling to a control group. Such research is needed to determine whether video counselling increases smoking cessation.

Item Type
Publication Type
International, Review, Article
Drug Type
Tobacco / Nicotine
Intervention Type
Harm reduction
October 2019
Identification #
John Wiley & Sons, Ltd
Place of Publication

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